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Posted: Monday 28 November, 2011

by Rosemary at 7:52pm in Sheep 5 comments Comments closed

I drove down to St Andrew's last week to have a look at our lamb carcases before they were butchered. I thought they looked pretty good compared to the others in the chill.

Ryeland lamb carcasesRyeland lamb carcases

There was the most enormous cattle beast - it looked like a whale. A half weighed 208kg, so the live animal was probably in the region of 700kg. There were some huge turkeys too - 17 and 19kg. I don't think they would fit in our oven surprise

Ryeland lamb carcaseRyeland lamb carcase

Anyway, we should get the butchered lambs back this week - looking forward to it smiley



Friday 2 December, 2011 at 1:31pm

Very nice, i hope mine look that good when I get them next year. I also have Ryeland ewes, but have crossed them with a Suffolk tup. Well I've tried to, will know for sure around the middle of March.


Friday 2 December, 2011 at 7:59pm

Thanks, Neil. The butcher said they were beautifully marbled, but were "a bit rich" i.e. fat. I should have had them away a month earlier.

I picked them up today and have just divvied them up for our customers so most are gone now. The five weighed 105kg dead weight; one was a big, early born single but the other four were pretty even sized.

Hope the customers like the lamb - and come back for more next year :-)


Sunday 4 December, 2011 at 3:24pm

I also keep Ryelands and have some tup lambs 6 months old. Do you have a local abattoire and how do you feel they treat the lambs.?


Sunday 4 December, 2011 at 7:38pm

We use St Andrew's abattoir - it's about 25 miles away. TBH, I've never been but Dan's always been happy with the way they handle our lambs.


Sunday 4 December, 2011 at 7:52pm

Yes, always been happy with St. Andrew's, which couldn't be said for our previous abattoir, at least when it came to the handling of pigs.

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